VSL:SCIENCE // The science of crying, explained

Why do we cry? Does the opening-up of tear ducts and mucous glands actually make us feel better?

Psychologists at the University of South Florida analyzed more than 300 “crying experiences” and found that, while most people did feel better after a good cry (and scored higher on a measure of well-being), 10 percent of subjects sank into an even darker mood. The deciding factor? Whether criers received “social support” while they sobbed. The study suggests that our tears are really a plea — for help, comfort, or company. After all, everybody cries — and no one should have to cry alone.

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VSL:SCIENCE // The science of crying, explained